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IRMA SCAM: TECO warns of impersonators targeting customers

AFTER IRMA: TECO warns of telephone scam

  • TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Tampa Electric customers are being told to exercise caution if they receive a call about paying their utility bills.
  • The scenario works like this:

    Someone pretending to be an employee of Tampa Electric will call a customer and claim the account is past due.

  • Tampa Electric is working closely with local law enforcement, as well as internet phone providers, to shut down the phone lines of the scammers.
  • The company has provided a few tips to keep customers safe:

    Tampa Electric will never ask for credit or debit card numbers.

  • If customers are unsure they’re talking to an actual Tampa Eletric employee, here’s who they should contact:

    Hillsborough County – 813-223-0800
    Polk County – 863-299-0800
    All other areas – 1-888-223-0800

    Tampa Electric employees and contractors are required to carry photo IDs.

Tampa Electric customers are being told to exercise caution if they receive a call about paying their utility bills.

@abcactionnews: AFTER IRMA: TECO warns of telephone scam

Flood Warning issued September 14 at 8:38PM EDT expiring September 15 at 8:38PM EDT in effect for: Pasco, Sumter

Flood Warning issued September 14 at 8:38PM EDT expiring September 15 at 8:38PM EDT in effect for: Hernando, Pasco

Flood Warning issued September 14 at 8:38PM EDT expiring September 15 at 8:38PM EDT in effect for: Hillsborough

Flood Warning issued September 14 at 8:38PM EDT expiring September 15 at 8:37PM EDT in effect for: Sarasota

Flood Warning issued September 14 at 8:38PM EDT expiring September 16 at 6:48AM EDT in effect for: Hillsborough

Flood Warning issued September 14 at 8:38PM EDT expiring September 15 at 8:38PM EDT in effect for: Polk

Flood Warning issued September 14 at 8:38PM EDT expiring September 18 at 12:00PM EDT in effect for: Hillsborough

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Tampa Electric customers are being told to exercise caution if they receive a call about paying their utility bills. Impersonators of the company have scammed over 2000 people since 2011.

In several cases, they’ve ripped off customers for more than $1,000.

The scenario works like this:

The impersonators’ main targets are elderly people or residents that speak English as a 

second language. 

Tampa Electric is working closely with local law enforcement, as well as internet phone providers, to shut down the phone lines of the scammers. 

The company has provided a few tips to keep customers safe:

Tampa Electric employees and contractors are required to carry photo IDs. If a representative from the company shows up at your residence, you should request to see their ID badge and call the company to verify their identity. 

If you have been a victim of this scam or contacted by a scammer, call your local law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

IRMA SCAM: TECO warns of impersonators targeting customers

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